Yep, another Fortnite post. People just can't seem to get enough. This time around I would like to cover the upcoming beta and the devices that will support it. The first thing to note is that only Samsung users have official access to the game right now, but there is a forthcoming beta for non-Samsung users that should launch in the next few days, and you can sign up for it on the developer's website as of today. Device support is limited, but it looks like most newer high-end phones are included.
Alright, alright, everyone settle down. Fortnite is indeed here, but if you have been paying attention to the buildup to this release, you will know full well that it won't be available on the Play Store. It is however available on the Galaxy Apps store, and you can even get to the initial download from Samsung's Game Launcher application. You will need a recent Samsung device for this access, so as long as you own an S7, S8, S9, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4, you should be golden.
Early this morning Bloomberg broke the news that the South Korean copyright suit brought against the Fortnite creator Epic Games by PUBG Corp. has been dropped. Apparently PUBG Corp. sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games Inc.’s attorneys on Monday, and as a result, the case has been closed.
Epic Games has officially announced that it is bringing Fortnite Battle Royale to mobile. Starting Monday, March 12, you can sign up for an invite event for iOS, though sadly support for Android is slated for release in "the next few months." What is impressive though, is that this mobile version is planned to exist right alongside the PC and console releases, as it will include the exact same content and update schedule. Even more excitingly, it will support cross-play and cross-progression between PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually Android. While it does suck that Android is always treated as the redheaded stepchild of mobile, at least we know a release is planned.
Epic Games has released titles exclusive to iOS for years, and now its first Android game is on the schedule for release in 2017. It's called Battle Breakers, and you can pre-register for it on the Play Store right now. There's even some bonus content available if you sign up. You might want to do that considering the expected use of in-app purchases in this free-to-play game.
Unless you absolutely despise games, you've probably noticed Unreal Engine is sort of a rock star among game development platforms. Not only is it capable of rendering some profoundly gorgeous graphics, it can do so on virtually every major desktop and mobile operating system available. Today, Epic Games is releasing Unreal Engine 4.4 with some new tools for building animation and behavior models, additional rendering features, improved support for Android and iOS, and even some free stuff in the content marketplace.
Among the featured items of the update, Epic is touting two new editors. The first is Unreal Motion Graphics (UMG), an interactive editor that integrates with Blueprints to allow developers to more easily construct events and animations, then preview them in real-time.
Two men, each a hardened warrior, each with a single goal: survive. Their wills are iron, their bodies are steel, and their entire being is wrapped around the intensity of their deadly purpose. Only one will stand victorious at the bitter end, and each will give anything, and everything, to make sure that it's him.
You've got to give props to Epic Games: they know how to make a good tech demo. The game developer's demonstration of the Unreal 4 engine might not have the same technical brilliance as NVIDIA's Ira face or a room full of furniture on the latest Tegra K1 hardware, but it's much more entertaining.